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If you are a connoisseur of art and happen to be in Jaipur, then Samanvai Art Gallery is the place to be. Opened in the year 2003, the gallery has a wide collection of contemporary Indian paintings and sculptures. It is a lucrative platform for myriad renowned and promising artists from across the country. The gallery is bustling with activities throughout the year such as workshops, exhibitions, group and solo shows. Visit website for more information.
The Banasthali University, also known as Banasthali Vidyapith, believes that education should be a well-balanced process through which an individual undergoes practical, spiritual, intellectual as well as physical growth. It combines the spiritual techniques of the Eastern societies and the technological knowledge of the West, thus offering its students with a well-balanced education. The campus is equipped with a library, a hostel, and sports facilities. It also conducts cultural festivals and other events to bring out the best in the students.
You would hardly find S.R.C Museum of Indology in the regular list of tourist attractions; this does not come as a surprise because nestled in a residential area, this museum is easily overlooked. Spread over two floors, the entire collection belongs to Late Shri Ram Charan Sharma. The first storey is where you will find ancient astronomical instruments, crockery from England and other European nations and old and misprinted currency notes of India. The second storey is divided into two sections, the first displays some of the oldest manuscripts dating as far back as 1143 CE. Here you will find interesting exhibits like the Quran written by Aurangazeb or the entire Bhagvat Gita written on a paper as tiny as a computer chip. The second section is a mixed bag of various exhibits from different eras in history. Right from weapons, coins that are easily 7-8 centuries old and pre-historic tools to paintings from the Mughal and Rajput era, this section is definitely all about history. It is also high on the weird factor; check out the fossilized eggs, flexible stone, a piece of meteor and the floating stone. Do not forget to ask for a guide to take you around as it is included in your admission fee.
On your way to the Amer Fort, you'll find a garden with intricately designed cenotaphs. This place, known as Maharaniyon Ki Chattriyan, is a crematorium once used for the royal ladies of Rajput families. Each of these cenotaphs are designed differently, complementing the individuality of each queen. There is also a separate section built for the kings to mourn for their dead wives. The entire place has an eerie feel to it, maybe that is why this location is used in many horror movies as well. Surprisingly, this crematorium is still functional. The last queen to be cremated here was Rajamata Gayatri Devi in 2009.
One of the many gardens of Jaipur, Central Park would have been like any other green stretch of land, if not for its unique bamboo shoot nursery and the piece of art housed within the park. Conceived by the renowned French sculptor Christian Lapie, this circle of rocks at Central Park is entitled "In The Path Of The Sun And The Moon: Universal Being" and with all its lighting effects, is spectacular to look at. This one of a kind sculpture is a pleasant deviation from the regular ethnic tourist attractions of the city. One of the best known hang-outs of Jaipur, Central Park is an oasis in the middle of a desert land.